38th ANNUAL MONTEREY CLINIC JUST UNDER TWO MONTHS AWAY…sign up now!

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October 23rd – 25th, 2015

Embassy Suites Hotel

CLINICIANS

JAKE HERBERT

JAKE HERBERT 2012 OLYMPIAN

ERIC MAUSSER

ERIC MAUSSER – FRANKLIN REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL (PENNSYLVANIA)

GENE MILLS

GENE MILLS – 1980 OLYMPIAN/2X NCAA D1 CHAMPION

BRIAN SMITH

BRIAN SMITH – HEAD COACH, UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

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The 36th Annual SCC Alumni Scrimmage

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Sacramento City Coach David Pacheco and staff would like to invite wrestling fans all over the state of California to join them this upcoming Friday, September 4th, at 7 PM as SCC will host the 36th Annual Alumni Scrimmage.

 

Where: Sacramento City College
Day: September 4th
Time: 7 PM
Tentative Lineup
Juan-Archuleta

Juan “The Spaniard” Archuletta (Purdue University) – State Champion in 2007 (Currently in the MMA)

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Joe Garner (North Dakota State University) – 2nd in State in 2009

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Cortney Page – 7th in State – 1999

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Gerson Nkunku – 5th in State – 2011

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Jose Reyes (CSU Sacramento) – State Champion – 1984

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Shawn Michalek (Embery Riddle University) – 3rd and 5th in State – 2009 / 2010

 

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Milton Nkunku – 2011

Laith Alnassiri

Laith Alnasirri – 6th in State – 2013

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Antione Green Gibson (Bacone College) – 2012

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Dyllan Snavely (Bacone College) – 2X State Qualifier – 2008 / 2009

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Tyler Diamond (North Dakota State University) – 3rd and 5th in State – 2010 / 2009 (Currently in the MMA)

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Chris Brusato – 2009

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Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith – 4th in State – 1998 (Former UFC Star)

 

 Tim Nevarez -3rd and 6th in state in 2009 and 2011
Phil Scott (Chico State) -5th in state in 1984
Anthony Sakaoka – 2013
Nate Coffin (CSU Sacramento) -8th in state in 1998
Norm Hernandez (CSU Sacramento) – 2001
Mario DiBenedetto – 2011
Jim Luscombe (Menlo College) -2013
A.J. Locke – State Qualifier – 2014

Alleida Martinez Captures Silver At Cadet World Championships

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Alleida Martinez on the Cadet World Championships podium 
Photo courtesy of USA Wrestling
By Pablo Di Maria
California CIF State and Fargo National Champions Alleida Martinez (46 kg/101.5 lbs.) and Gracie Figueroa (52 kg/114.5 lbs.) had the honor of representing the U.S. at the Cadet World Championships in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, on Friday night.
Martinez opened up her competition with a fall over her opponent Florenta Diaconu of Moldova to advance to the quarterfinal round. In the quarterfinals, she edged Aynur Ege of Turkey 2-1. Her semifinal opponent was Maria Tiumerekova of Russia; Alleida defeated Tiumerekova 3-2 to advance to the finals of the Cadet World Championships. In the finals, Alleida was defeated by 2014 Cadet World Champion Yui Sasaki of Japan, 10-0.
Alleida’s teammate, Gracie Figueroa faced some tough competition in the Cadet World Championships. In her first match, she was edged by 2014 World Championships runner-up Leyla Gurbanov of Azerbaijan 4-3 (Gurbanov went on to win the tournament). In her repechage match, she lost 4-2 to 2014 Asian Championships runner-up, Sae Nanjo of Japan.
The U.S. ended up third in the team standings. Japan edged Russia for the team championship.

Victor Valley To Attend The Clash Tournament

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Aug 282015
 

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The Victor Valley wrestling team becomes the third California school that will be attending the tough Clash Tournament in Rochester, Minnesota, January 1-2, 2016. Northern powers Vacaville and Buchanan High are the other two schools that will be making the trip to Minnesota.
The Jackrabbits have won the Desert Sky League for five consecutive years. During the 2014-2015 season, the Victor Valley wrestling team placed second at the CIF Coastal Division and qualify seven athletes to the Southern Section Masters Meet.
The Victor Valley team is coach by C.T. Campbell and David Pagliughi.

 

University of Southern California Wrestlers Nick Cegelski and Armand Farrokh named to the NCWA All-Academic Team

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Nick Cegelski and Armand Farrokh
By NCWA
The NCWA, in conjunction with the national coaches association, honored 107 wrestlers as its top student-athletes for the 2014-15 season. This season’s NCWA All-Academic Team contains scholars from 44 schools from the NCWA’s combined Division I and Division II ranks. The women’s division honored eight student-athletes.

The coaches association sponsors the NCWA’s academic awards as well as those for the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA. In order to be nominated to the NCWA All-Academic Team, student-athletes must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 or higher, be a full-time student who has completed at least two full semesters, and must have competed at their conference championship tournament.

“It’s wonderful at the end of our season that we get to recognize our top student-athletes,” NCWA executive director Jim Giunta said. “We congratulate this year’s All-Academic Team for their fine work. As our association continues to grow, so too does the quality of students that stay involved in wrestling through the NCWA, be it as competitors, student coaches, or administrators. The NCWA has a very high regard for those who achieve in the classroom as well as in competition. These are our future leaders.”

The Apprentice School led the association with nine members on the All-Academic Team, more than twice the total of any other program. Alfred State, Grand Valley State, MIT, Central Florida, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan and North Texas had four apiece.

The complete list of honorees is below, listed in alphabetical order by their school.

2015 NCWA ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

School
Name, Class
Akron – Al Caserta, Sr.; Frank Shaffer, Jr.
Alfred State – Bradley Haggerty, Jr.; Austin Keough, So.; Codie Nichols, So.; Kevin Thayer, So.
Amherst – Theo Agbi, Sr.
Apprentice School – Daniel Henson, So.; Ian Jones, Sr.; Chris Kennedy, Jr.; Kenny Lowry, Jr.; Kyle Lowry, Sr.; Jacob Michael, Jr.; Philip Porto, Jr.; Joshua Rodriguez, Jr.; Tyrell Watkins, So.
Bowling Green – Zach Goodman, Jr.
BYU – Kyle Lane, Sr.
Central Florida – Max Becks, Sr.; Christian Grillo, Sr.; Michael Seymour, Jr.; Tyrell Walker, Sr.
Central Washington – Zack McCarley, Gr.
Colorado – Eric Yamaguchi, So.
Concordia Univ. – Timothy Grimm, Sr.
Davenport Univ. – Connor Hughes, Jr.; Brant Schafer, So.
Dixie State – Brian Curtis, Sr.; Pierce Stowman, Jr.
East Carolina – Jared Nicholson, So.
Florida – Giovanni Santoro, Jr.; Trace Thome, So.; Jacob Wasserman, So.; Joshua Weinberg, Sr.
Georgia – John Cook, Jr.; Jake Jensen, Jr.; Travis Scott, Jr.; Jacob Tripp, Jr.
Georgia Southern – Najee Banks, So.; Josh Gaspard, So.
Glendale CC (Ariz.) – Quentin Grill, So.
Grand Valley State – Eric Dietz, Jr.; Joey Montney, Jr.; Bruce Rau, Jr.; Gabe Stepanovich, Jr.
James Madison – Stefan Haas, Sr.
Lafayette – Alex Amador, Sr.
Maine – Neal Harrison-Billiat, Jr.
Maryland-Baltimore County – Thomas Hsu, Gr.
Massachusetts – Cassian Corey, Jr.; Sean O’Connor, Jr.; Max Jacobs, Sr.
MIT – Andrew Esquivel, So.; Grant Genzman, Gr.; Joseph Lowman, So.; Jose Velarde, So.
Memphis – Jordan Greene, So.
Mercer – Jamal Reynolds, Jr.; Derek Wojcik, Sr.
Miami (Fla.) – Thien Tran, So.
Michigan – Humphrey Akujobi, Jr.; Patrick Basset, So.; Dustin Funk, So.; Zachary Vatalare, So.
Middle Tennessee – Eric Feuerbacher, Jr.; Jonathan Roberts, Sr.
Mott CC (Mich.) – Pellumb Kurtega, So.; Joe Roehl, So.
New Hampshire – Nic DiPierro, Jr.
North Florida – Stuart Maddox, Sr.
North Texas – Adam Gonsoulin, Jr.; Ashton Harris, Jr.; Mark Snow, Sr.; William Sterling, Gr.
Northeastern – Alex Vanarthos, So.
Penn State – John Novak, Sr.; Paul Schoenberg, So.
Penn State-DuBois – Andrew Bigley, So.
Penn State-Mont Alto – Clay Kocsis, So.
RPI – Omar Abdoun, Jr.; Will Bonagura, Sr.
Rowan – John Chillem, Gr.; Charlie Grab, Jr.
South Florida – Josh Jefferies, Sr.; Rory Roderick, So.
Temple – Marcus Newsom, Jr.; Michael Walsh, So.
Texas – Mitchell Lax, Jr.; Jonathan Malazinsky, Jr.
Texas-Arlington – Geovanny Alzate, Jr.
UCLA – Youssef Aref, So.; Freddie Hsiao, So.
USC – Nick Cegelski, Jr.; Armand Farrokh, Jr.
VMI – Daniel Bowman, So.
Washington State – Jerdon Helgeson, So.; Brandon Todd, Jr.
Wayne State – Matthew DeGarmo, Jr.

NCWWA
Name, School
Massachusetts – Natalie Solorio, Sr.
Middle Tennessee – Clarissa Ceffalo, So.
Ottawa Univ. – Marisol Arredondo, Jr.
Southwestern Oregon CC – Mikeyla Pico, So.; Franchesca Yberra, Jr.
Springfield (Mass.) Tech – Anna Ernst, So.; Rose Heurtelou, So.
UC Merced – Coral Quirino, Sr.

HISTORY OF SAN FRANCISCO STATE – NCAA DIVISION II ALL-AMERICANS

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Aug 222015
 

NCAA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICAN

191 – Bob Buehler – 3rd (1969)

NAVEED BAGHERI

NAVEED BAGHERI – NCAA D2 NATIONAL CHAMPION/3X ALL-AMERICAN

SAN FRANCISCO STATE - 1997 NCAA DIVISION II NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

SAN FRANCISCO STATE – 1997 NCAA DIVISION II NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

NCAA DIVISION II ALL-AMERICANS

133 – Isaiah Hurtado – 8th Place (2014)

141 – Naveed Bagheri – NATIONAL CHAMPION (2013)

165 – Isaiah Jimenez – 5th Place (2013)

141 – Naveed Bagheri – 5th Place (2011)

157 – Joshua Nolan – 8th Place (2011)

174 – Gene Choi – 8th Place (2011)

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STEVE FRANKLIN – 2X NCAA DIVISION II ALL-AMERICAN

285 – Steve Franklin – 6th Place (2010)

Curtis Schurkamp - San Francisco St/Escalon HS (SJ)

CURTIS SCHURKAMP– 2X NCAA DIVISION II ALL-AMERICAN

125 – Curtis Schurkamp – 7th Place (2009)

133 – Naveed Bagheri – 5th Place (2009)

141 – Ben Lockett – 6th Place (2009)

285 – Steve Franklin – 6th Place (2009)

125 – Curtis Schurkamp – 3rd Place (2008)

141 – Donald Lockett – 3rd Place (2005)

PACIFICO GARCIA

PACIFICO GARCIA – NCAA DIVISION 2 NATIONAL CHAMPION/2X ALL-AMERICAN

149 – Pacifico Garcia – NATIONAL CHAMPION (2005)

125 – Joey Bareng – 5th Place (2004)

133 – Donald Lockett – 2nd Place (2004)

141 – Pacifico Garcia – 7th Place (2003)

149 – Luke Santos – 5th Place (2003)

MAURICIO WRIGHT

MAURICIO WRIGHT – 2X NCAA DIVISION 2 NATIONAL CHAMPION/4X ALL-AMERICAN

184 – Mauricio Wright – NATIONAL CHAMPION (2003)

197 – Drew Dunbar – 6th Place (2003)

149 – Ricky Garcia – 5th Place (2002)

184 – Mauricio Wright – NATIONAL CHAMPION (2002)

197 – Drew Dunbar – 8th Place (2002)

174 – Mauricio Wright – 3rd Place (2001)

174 – Mauricio Wright – 7th Place (2000)

TERRY TUZZALINO

TERRY TUZZOLINO – NCAA DIVISION II NATIONAL CHAMPION

197 – Terry Tuzzolino – NATIONAL CHAMPION (2000)

125 – Max Schurkamp – 4th Place (1999)

118 – Damon Broadbent – 2nd Place (1998)

158 – Greg Jackson – 3rd Place (1998)

118 – Damon Broadbent – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1997)

134 – Francis Aquino – 2nd Place (1997)

142 – Steve Hilas – 4th Place (1997)

158 – Greg Jackson – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1997)

167 – Paul Healy – 5th Place (1997)

190 – Lee Lofton – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1997)

118 – Travis Phippen – 5th Place (1996)

126 – Carlos Sumulong – 5th Place (1996)

134 – Richard Guiterrez – 4th Place (1996)

142 – Steve Hilas – 3rd Place (1996)

190 – Lee Lofton – 6th Place (1996)

134 – Francis Aquino – 4th Place (1995)

158 – John Guiffre – 6th Place (1995)

167 – Polo Ornellas – 5th Place (1995)

134 – Francis Aquino – 5th Place (1994)

177 – Keith Spataro – 8th Place (1993)

EUSTACIO TORRES

EUSTACIO TORRES – NCAA DIVISION II ALL-AMERICAN

158 – Eustacio Torres – 4th Place (1992)

177 – Keith Spataro – 8th Place (1992)

275 – Matt Blevin – 3rd Place (1991)

126 – Rick Goodwin – 5th Place (1990)

275 – Matt Blevin – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1990)

118 – Rick Goodwin – 8th Place (1987)

126 – Cliff Lentz – 3rd Place (1987)

150 – Carlos Levexier – 2nd Place (1987)

158 – Craig Settles – 8th Place (1987)

118 – Rick Goodwin – 8th Place (1986)

190 – Tim Gleeson – 4th Place (1986)

285 – Alex Koehler – 6th Place (1986)

134 – Richard Elingsen – 7th Place (1985)

167 – Andrew Steffen – 3rd Place (1985)

285 – Morris Johnson – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1984)

134 – Mario Decaro – 8th Place (1983)

285 – Morris Johnson – 2nd Place (1983)

158 – Kevin Newsome – 2nd Place (1982)

134 – Mario Decaro – 8th Place (1982)

126 – Adrian Levexier – 7th Place (1982)

142 – John Monolakis – 5th Place (1981)

142 – John Monolakis – 4th Place (1980)

158 – Kevin Newsome – 4th Place (1980)

158 – Steve Cook – 5th Place (1978)

134 – Dave Nelson – 5th Place (1977)

158 – Jerry Esses – 4th Place (1977)

126 – Alex Gonzales – 2nd Place (1976)

126 – Alex Gonzales – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1975)

167 – Lloyd Teasley – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1975)

285 – Glenn Miolini – 4th Place (1975)

167 – Lloyd Teasley – 3rd Place (1974)

134 – Percy Martinez – 4th Place (1974)

177 – Lloyd Teasley – 6th Place (1973)

118 – Ray Hernandez – 2nd Place (1972)

115 – John Anderson – 6th Place (1969)

123 – Art Chavez – 5th Place (1969)

191 – Bob Buehler – 3rd Place (1969)

160 – Ashley Sherman – 6th Place (1968)

285 – Storm Goranson – 5th Place (1967)

157 – Jim Burke – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1965)

LARS JENSEN

LARS JENSEN – HEAD WRESTLING COACH

 

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HISTORY OF CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD – NCAA ALL-AMERICANS

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CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD – 3rd PLACE TEAM  – 1996 NCAA DIVISION I NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

NCAA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICANS

BRYCE HAMMOND

BRYCE HAMMOND – NCAA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICAN

174 – Bryce Hammond – 8th Place (2014)

MITCH MONTEIRO

MITCH MONTEIRO – NCAA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICAN

285 – Mitch Monteiro – 5th Place (2010)

BRANDON HALSEY

BRANDON HALSEY – NCAA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICAN

197 – Brandon Halsey – 7th Place (2009)

EFREN CEBALLOS

EFREN CEBALLOS – NCAA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICAN

125 – Efren Ceballos – 5th Place (2005)

MATT SANCHEZ

MATT SANCHEZ – 2X NCAA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICAN

133 – Matt Sanchez – 5th Place (2005)

133 – Matt Sanchez – 8th Place (2004)

125 – Ruben DeLeon – 8th Place (2001)

125 – Ruben DeLeon – 7th Place (2000)

125 – Moses Delfin – 6th Place (1999)

197 – Raphael Davis – 5th Place (1999)

STEPHEN NEAL

STEPHEN NEAL – 2X NCAA DIVISION I NATIONAL CHAMPION/4X AL-AMERICAN

285 – Stephen Neal – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1999)

285 – Stephen Neal – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1998)

COBY WRIGHT

COBY WRIGHT – 2X NCAA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICAN

126 – Coby Wright – 5th Place (1997)

142 – Jason Ramstetter – 5th Place (1997)

285 – Stephen Neal – 2nd Place (1997)

126 – Coby Wright – 4th Place (1996)

177 – Derek Scott – 6th Place (1996)

Paschal Duru (CS Bakersfield)

PASCHAL DURU – NCAA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICAN

190 – Paschal Duru – 2nd Place (1996)

285 – Stephen Neal – 4th Place (1996)

142 – Lawrence Jackson – 6th Place (1991)

PAUL KEYSAW

PAUL KEYSAW – NCAA DIVISION I NATIONAL CHAMPION/2X ALL-AMERICAN

190 – Paul Keysaw – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1991)

RICH BAILEY

RICH BAILEY – 2X NCAA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICAN

150 – Richard Bailey – 5th Place (1990) 2x

190 – Paul Keysaw – 8th Place (1990)

150 – Richard Bailey – 4th Place (1989)

177 – Darryl Pope – 2nd Place (1987) 2x

190 – Eric Mittlestead – 7th Place (1987)

167 – Darryl Pope – 6th Place (1986)

177 – Marvin Jones – 3rd Place (1986)

167 – Howard Lawson – 2nd Place (1985)

126 – John Loomis – 3rd Place (1984)

JESSE REYES

JESSE REYES – NCAA DIVISION I NATIONAL CHAMPION

142 – Jesse Reyes – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1984)

285 – Mike Blaske – 7th Place (1984)

ADAM CUESTAS

ADAM CUESTAS – NCAA DIVISION I NATIONAL CHAMPION

118 – Adam Cuestas – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1983)

DAN CUESTAS

DAN CUESTAS – 2X NCAA DIVISION I NATIONAL CHAMPION

126 – Dan Cuestas – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1982)

158 – Perry Shea – 2nd Place (1982) 2x

126 – Dan Cuestas – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1981)

158 – Perry Shea – 3rd Place (1981)

JOE GONZALEZ

JOE GONZALEZ – NCAA DIVISION I NATIONAL CHAMPION/2X ALL-AMERICAN

118 – Joe Gonzales – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1980)

JOHN AZEVEDO

JOHN AZEVEDO – NCAA DIVISION I NATIONAL CHAMPION/3X ALL-AMERICAN

126 – John Azevedo – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1980)

118 – Joe Gonzales – 2nd Place (1979)

126 – John Azevedo – 2nd Place (1979)

118 – John Azevedo – 2nd Place (1978)

134 – Franc Affentranger – 3rd Place (1978)

134 – Franc Affentranger – 3rd Place (1977)

167 – Flo Rocha – 4th Place (1977)

CS BAKERSFIELD - NCAA D2 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

CS BAKERSFIELD – NCAA D2 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS – TOM GONGORA, JOE GONZALES, AND JOHN AZEVEDO

CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD

CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD – 1982

NCAA DIVISION II ALL-AMERICANS

126 – Mike Dallas – 2nd Place (1987)
142 – Junior Saunders – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1987)
177 – Darryl Pope – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1987)
190 – Eric Millestead – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1987)
275 – Mike Monroe – 3rd Place (1987)
126 – Alan Paradise – 8th Place (1986)
142 – Bill Newton – 8th Place (1986)
150 – Matt Olejnik – 4th Place (1986)
158 – Pat Huyck – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1986)
167 – Darryl Pope – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1986)
177 – Marvin Jones – NATIOANL CHAMPION (1986)
118 – Eddie Woodburn – 5th Place (1985)
126 – Reza Abedi – 5th Place (1985)
150 – Chuck Justice – 5th Place (1985)
158 – Areshir Asgari – 7th Place (1985)
126 – John Loomis – 2nd Place (1984) 2x
134 – Steve Markey – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1984)
142 – Jesse Reyes – NATONAL CHAMPION (1984)
150 – Terry Osborne – 6th Place (1984)
177 – Bob Button – 5th Place (1984)
285 – Mike Blaske – 2nd Place (1984)
118 – Adam Cuestas – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1983)
126 – John Loomis – 3rd Place (1983)
142 – Jesse Reyes – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1983)
158 – Craig Noble – 4th Place (1983)
177 – Mark Loomis – 3rd Place (1983)
190 – Mike Blaske – 2nd Place (1983)
285 – Rodger Herrera – 6th Place (1983)
118 – Adam Cuestas – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1982)
126 – Dan Cuestas – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1982)
134 – Charley Cheney – 2nd Place (1982)
142 – Steve Nickell – 2nd Place (1982)
150 – Craig Noble – 2nd Place (1982)
158 – Perry Shea – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1982)
167 – Scott Tueuscher – 6th Place (1982)
177 – Mark Loomis – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1982)
190 – Garen McDonald – 5th Place (1982)
285 – Robert Herrera – 4th Place (1982)
118 – Adam Cuestas – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1981)
126 – Dan Cuestas – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1981)
142 – Steve Nickell – 7th Place (1981)
150 – Glenn Cooper – NATIOANL CHAMPION (1981)
158 – Perry Shea – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1981)
177 – Mark Loomis – 3rd Place (1981)
190 – Mark Hall – 3rd Place (1981) 2x
285 – Craig Schoene – 3rd Place (1981)
118 – Joe Gonzales – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1980)
126 – John Azevedo – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1980)
134 – Jesse Reyes – 4th Place (1980)
142 – Lee Noble – 5th Place (1980)
150 – Marty Maciel – 3rd Place (1980)
158 – Kevin Dugan – 2nd Place (1980)
167 – Mark Hall – 5th Place (1980)
118 – Joe Gonzales – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1979)
126 – John Azevedo – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1979)
134 – Joe Lopez – 6th Place (1979)
142 – Tom Gongora – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1979)
150 – Marty Maciel – 4th Place (1979)
158 – Kevin Dugan – 3rd Place (1979)
177 – Steve Draper – 4th Place (1979)
285 – Chris Weeres – 7th Place (1979)
118 – John Azevedo – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1978)
134 – Franc Affentranger -2nd Place (1978)
142 – Rod Balch – 5th Place (1978)
150 – Tom Gongora – 4th Place (1978)
177 – Steve Draper – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1978)
190 – Mike Johnson – 4th Place (1978)
134 – Franc Affentranger – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1977)
142 – Roy Yocum – 3rd Place (1977)
150 – Rod Balch – 2nd Place (1977)
167 – Flo Rocha – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1977)
177 – Mike Anderson – 2nd Place (1977)
190 – Mike Bull – 2nd Place (1977)
118 – Rich Molina – 3rd Place (1976) 3x
150 – Dan Houtchens – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1976)
167 – Flo Rocha – 3rd Place (1976)
190 – Mike Bull – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1976)
285 – Bill Van Worth – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1976)
118 – Rich Molina – 3rd Place (1975)
150 – Dan Houtchens – 6th Place (1975)
158 – Bill Kalivas – 5th Place (1975)
190 – Mike Bull – 4th Place (1975)
118 – Rich Molina – 4th Place (1974)
134 – Ed Maze – 6th Place (1974)
167 – Bill Kalivas – 5th Place (1974)
MIKE MENDOZA - Head Wrestling Coach

MIKE MENDOZA – Head Wrestling Coach

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HISTORY OF CAL POLY, SLO WRESTLING – NCAA ALL-AMERICANS

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Aug 202015
 

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HISTORY OF CAL POLY, SLO WRESTLING

NCAA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICANS

BORIS NOVACHKOV - 3X NCAA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICAN

BORIS NOVACHKOV – 3X NCAA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICAN

141 – Boris Novachkov – 3rd Place (2012)
174 – Ryan DesRoches – 8th Place (2012)
141 – Boris Novachkov – 2nd Place (2011)
133 – Boris Novachkov – 7th Place (2010)
157 – Chase Pami – 2nd Place (2010)
157 – Chase Pami – 7th Place (2009)
CHAD MENDES - 2X NCAA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICAN

CHAD MENDES – 2X NCAA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICAN

141 – Chad Mendes – 2nd Place (2008)
133 – Darrell Vasquez – 5th Place (2007)
125 – Chad Mendes – 6th Place (2006)
VIC MORENO - 2X NCAA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICAN

VIC MORENO – 2X NCAA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICAN

125 – Vic Moreno – 6th Place (2005)
125 – Vic Moreno – 6th Place (2004)
DARRELL VASQUEZ - 2X NCAA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICAN

DARRELL VASQUEZ – 2X NCAA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICAN

133 – Darrell Vasquez – 4th Place (2004)
141 – Cedrick Hayman – 3rd Place (2002)
158 – David Wells – 7th Place (1998)
150 – Jake Gaier – 3rd Place (1994)
167 – Eric Osborne – 4th Place (1988)
177 – Mark Tracey – 7th Place (1986)
177 – Roger Sayles – 4th Place (1985)
190 – Mark Tracey – 7th Place (1985)
134 – Chris DeLong – 4th Place (1984)
118 – Al Gutierrez – 8th Place (1983)
150 – Pat O’Donnell – 7th Place (1983)
158 – Lou Montano – 2nd Place (1983)
134 – Mike Barfus – 8th Place (1982)
158 – Lou Montano – 8th Place (1982)
142 – Jeff Barksdale – 8th Place (1980)
GARY FISHER

GARY FISCHER – 2X NCAA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICAN

118 – Gary Fisher – 4th Place (1980)
118 – Gary Fischer – 5th Place (1978)
167 – Scott Heaton – 3rd Place (1978)
118 - Mark DiGirolamo (Cal Poly, SLO)

MARK DIGIROLAMO – NCAA DIVISION I NATIONAL CHAMPION

118 – Mark DiGirolamo – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1976)
167 – Kim Wasick – 5th Place (1976)
177 – Sythell Thompson – 4th Place (1976
142 – Roger Warner – 3rd Place (1975)
167 – Cliff Hatch – 2nd Place (1975)
150 – Roger Warner – 6th Place (1974)
158 – Allyn Cook – 4th Place (1973)
134 – Larry Morgan – 5th Place (1972)
142 – Leandro Torres – 3rd Place (1971)
158 – John Finch – 4th Place (1971)
118 – Terry Hall – 3rd Place (1969)
167 – John Woods – 2nd Place (1969)
177 – Ken Bos – 4th Place (1969)
TOM KLINE - NCAA DIVISION I NATIONAL CHAMPION/2X ALL-AMERICAN

TOM KLINE – NCAA DIVISION I NATIONAL CHAMPION/2X ALL-AMERICAN

191 – Tom Kline – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1969)
191 – Tom Kline – 2nd Place (1968)
145 – Kent Wyatt – 3rd Place (1968)
115 – Mike Remer – 4th Place (1966)

NCAA DIVISION II ALL-AMERICANS

118 – Guy Greene – 5th Place (1974)
126 – Leon Iannarelli – 4th Place (1974)
134 – Grant Arnold – 2nd Place (1974)
142 – Steve Gardner – 5th Place (1974)
150 – Rodger Warner – 2nd Place (1974)
158 – Cliff Hatch – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1974)
167 – Bruce Lynn – 2nd Place (1974)
177 – Sythell Thompson – 3rd Place (1974)
190 – Keith LeLand – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1974)
 
LARRY MORGAN

LARRY MORGAN – NCAA DIVISION II NATIONAL CHAMPION

134 – Larry Morgan – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1973)
150 – Glenn Anderson – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1973)
158 – Allyn Cooke – 2nd Place (1973)
177 – Gary West – 4th Place (1973)
190 – Keith Leland – 2nd Place (1973)
285 – Frank Barnhart – 3rd place (1973)
118 – Gary McBride – 4th Place (1972)
126 – John Wassum – 4th Place (1972)
134 – Larry Morgan – 2nd Place (1972)
142 – Glenn Anderson – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1972)
158 – Allyn Cooke – 3rd Place (1972)
190 – Keith LeLand – 4th Place (1972)
118 – Gary McBride – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1971)
126 – Glenn Anderson – 3rd Place (1971)
134 – Larry Morgan – 2nd Place (1971)
142 – Leandro Torres – 3rd Place (1971)
150 – Allyn Cooke – 5th Place (1971)
158 – John Finch – 3rd Place (1971)
177 – Pat Farner – 2nd Place (1971)
190 – Gary Maiolfi – 2nd Place (1971)
285 – Tim Kopitar – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1971)
118 – Terry Hall – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1970)
126 – Glenn Anderson – 3rd Place (1970)
150 – Leandro Torres – 2nd Place (1970)
158 – John Finch – 2nd Place (1970)
177 – Rich Simmons – 2nd Place (1970)
115 – Terry Hall – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1969)
130 – Jesse Flores – 5th Place (1969)
145 – Steve Johnson – 3rd Place (1969)
152 – John Finch – 2nd Place (1969)
160 – Richard Arnold – 2nd Place (1969)
167 – John Woods – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1969)
177 – Ken Bos – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1969)
TOM KLINE - NCAA DIVISION I NATIONAL CHAMPION/2X ALL-AMERICAN

TOM KLINE – NCAA DIVISION I NATIONAL CHAMPION/2X ALL-AMERICAN

191 – Tom Kline – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1969)
123 – Sam King – 3rd Place (1968)
145 – Kent Wyatt – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1968)
152 – John Finch – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1968)
160 – John Woods – 2nd Place (1968)
177 – Ken Bos – 3rd Place (1968)
191 – Tom Kline –NATIONAL CHAMPION (1968)
115 – John Garcia – 2nd Place (1968)
145 – Kent Wyatt – 6th Place (1968)
152 – John Miller – 5th Place (1968)
191 – Tom Kline – 3rd Place (1968)
115 – Mike Remer – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1966)
130 – Lennis Cowell – 4th Place (1966)
DENNIS DOWNING - NCAA DIVISION II NATIONAL CHAMPION

DENNIS DOWNING – NCAA DIVISION II NATIONAL CHAMPION

145 – Dennis Downing – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1966)
152 – John Miller – 2nd Place (1966)
115 – Mike Remer – 4th Place (1965)
123 – John Garcia – 3rd Place (1965)
130 – Lennis Cowell – 3rd Place (1965)
147 – Jim Teem – 2nd Place (1965)
167 – Sam Cereceres – 2nd Place (1965)
177 – Phillip Sullivan – NATIONAL CHAMPION (1965)
130 – Jim Teem – 4th Place (1965)
191 – Bill Fife – 2nd Place (1965)
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BRENDAN BUCKLEY – Cal Poly, SLO Head Coach

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Inside the Mind of Eric Guerrero

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Aug 192015
 
ERIC GUERRERO

ERIC GUERRERO – 3x NCAA DIVISION I NATIONAL CHAMPION/4X ALL-AMERICAN

By Pablo Di Maria
A coach that media outlets are yearning to sit down and dialog wrestling with, is Oklahoma State Associate Head Coach, Eric Guerrero. Due to his nature of being reticent and quiet, it is very intricate to track down Mr. Guerrero and have a conversation regarding his past, present, and future in the sport of wrestling.  I believed the only way to speak to him was by coming up with challenging questions like the ones I asked him. Here is the conversation I had with Mr. Guerrero. I hope the entire wrestling community enjoys the interview.
 1-Eric, were your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc. born in the U.S. or did they migrate to the US? If so, where did they come from?
 Well… I’m third-generation Mexican-American.  My great-grandparents are from the Chihuahua Mountains, specifically the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range in Northern Mexico.  Most of my family migrated during the revolution. The rest during and post the Cristero War.  My Grandfather, Rito Guerrero moved from New Mexico to California and worked as a longshoreman on the docks.  He was bright…with a lot of common sense.  He left the docks, started his trucking company and became a farm labor contractor in Corcoran, in the Valley.
 2-Were your grandparents supportive of your dad and his brothers wrestling in high school?
 Actually, my dad (Sebastian) is the 8th of ten children and my grandfather passed away when he was 6.   Fortunately, my grandmother (Epifania) had enough foresight to not just encourage, but really demand that her boys participate in sports offered through the scholastic system. They chose wrestling.  She only had a third-grade education, but she knew education was essential.  To participate in sports within the school you have to make good grades… bottom line and she knew that.  All 10 kids also worked farm labor to support the family after my grandfather passed away.  She made it clear though that working farm labor wasn’t a reason to make poor grades or not excel in sports. She demanded that they did their best in all three.  That foresight on her part has made higher education the norm in our family.  My uncle Gene wrestled at Cal State Bakersfield. My uncle Fred wrestled at the University of Wyoming and Fresno State.  My dad wrestled at COS and graduated from Fresno State.  Her ability to hold things together after my grandfather passed away and stress education and sports during that difficult time was probably a tipping point in our families’ trajectory.

 

 

(To watch a short film on The Guerrero family history and The Guerrero Games please go to https://vimeo.com/32431377  courtesy of kabriDWL)

 

 

 3-What was your parent’s role in life in general? Did they let you participate in other sports besides wrestling?
 You know, the older I get the more I appreciate what my parents did for us growing up.  Raising children of our own now, I see that they just had some real healthy habits and perspectives on child-rearing.  They knew when to lecture and scold, but they also knew when to back off.  Sometimes that meant letting us fail so that we could learn to pick ourselves back up and try again.  They were very dependable… Steady…that’d be the best way to describe them.   As far as sports go, we got to dabble in a little everything.  My dad also allowed me to play guitar, skateboard, and surf when I could…alongside my wrestling. I can remember my dad organizing street football games on Sunday’s with the other dads and kids in the neighborhood and let me tell you,  it was urban warfare (laugh).  We would play so hard. Father and sons versus other teams of fathers and sons… It was a good childhood.  
 4- Your team won the CIF California state championship in 1995, how did that come about? Did they all wrestle before entering high school?
 Oh, in hindsight, I can see that it just wasn’t happenstance.  A lot of effort and energy on a lot of people’s part made that happen.  But within our community in San Jose at the time, you know. There were a lot of cultural things that were taking place and opportunities that were provided.   Yeah, we wrestled freestyle youth club, but more importantly we had a Middle School wrestling season through the East Side Union/Alum Rock School District.  I wrestled for Sheppard Middle School with Dana Garcia and Gabe Araujo.  Jason Palomino wrestled for Ocala, Mario Solario wrestled for Bernal, and Steven Vargas wrestled at Leyva, Dion Garza at Joseph George and so on and so on.  We competed against each other first and each other’s Middle Schools. There was honor involved. More importantly, school and wrestling started to become synonymous for us. I think that was monumental for the community and us moving forward.
5-Sounds like wrestling impacted a lot of lives in that time period in San Jose while growing up? How much of an impact has wrestling had on you?
 Absolutely, it did impact a lot of lives…..for the better.  While not everybody went Division I in wrestling… Mario Solario graduated from Long Beach State and now oversees all the Lexus dealerships in the greater Los Angeles Area.  Gabe Araujo received a degree from Stanford and is a physician’s assistant.  Steven Vargas graduated from USC and is Assistant Vice President of Bank of America.  Jason Palomino graduated from San Jose State and is a mover and shaker in the mortgage/housing industry.  Ernie Lopez has his Master’s degree from San Francisco State and works in the tech industry in Northern California.   Tony Gomez works for FCA Orange County. Several other guys went into law-enforcement and serve the community in that capacity.  So while I could discuss the impact wrestling has had on my life, I find it much more telling to share stories that show the impact wrestling had on the people I grew up with and how well their lives have fared due to the opportunities they had to participate in wrestling.

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It has become a Guerrero family tradition to return to California and take in a Dodgers game every year.

 

 6-How important is it to have wrestling in our scholastic system?  Does your Middle School still offer wrestling?
 Gosh… That’s a great question.  I think the first thing we have to remember is that educators at all levels, a long time ago recognized the importance of Physical Literacy and that athletics are an important part of the educational journey and really embraced the value that competitive sports brings to developing the total person.  So to answer your question, how important is it to have wrestling within our scholastic system? Oh, I hear all kinds of answers…like… “Cause it makes us tough”.  Well, that’s kind of an archaic answer.  There’s a multitude of great reasons, but I’ll give you two.  The first being the science behind the adolescent mind.  Our brains release Dopamine when we engage in risky, exciting behavior.  The adolescent mind has a hard time distinguishing between good risk and bad risk.  You know there is no feeling like the feeling before, during and after a wrestling match.  It’s impossible to mimic.  Nothing is more courageous than for young men and women to put on a singlet, step out in front of everyone they know and have someone try and grind their face in the mat.  Then, win or lose, compose themselves, shake hands with the person who was just trying to defeat you physically and walk away gracefully.  That’s courage.  That’s good risk.   Bad risk is the obvious things we don’t want our children doing, jumping off fences, endangering themselves and others, all the way down to the severe risks of things like drugs, alcohol and gangs.  Adolescents can’t help but take risks.  So we must provide the opportunity to allow them to take healthy risks.  I could go on, but you probably get the point.
Also, from an equitable standpoint.   What other sport has a Division I NCAA champion with only one leg, right?  Robles.  People probably don’t know, but my first round NCAA match, my freshman year was against Doc Kelly form UNC Greensboro.  He had one leg and half of one arm and let me tell you, he was tough!  He’s in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for the medal of courage.  So it also provides opportunities to people with physical limitations. Girls wrestle, boys wrestle.   I want to credit Dr. Amanda Stanec PhD and all her research when I mention these items.  But lastly wrestling’s affordable, inclusive and actually promotes social mobility.  
Unfortunately, no Sheppard Middle School and that’s where we need to grow the most.  Our youth numbers across the country are at an all-time high.  Since 2001 we have added 130,000 high school wrestlers nationally.  But statistics show that middle school and Jr. High is where we are losing them.  That’s where the attrition is taking place.

 

 (To learn more about Dr. Amanda Stanec PhD and her research please go to www.movelivelearn.com and @movelivelearn on Twitter )

 

 

  7- What did you love most about the place you grew up?
 I think more than anything I loved the time.  The era.  The playing football barefoot in the street,  drinking from the water hose, my friends and I trying to scrape together 25 cents to buy a watermelon, then cracking it open on the curb, having to pop the clutch on the car to get it started in the morning.  Life was simple.  No cable, no air conditioning, no computers.  Just friends and family.  My dad and his friends were hard working, company men.  I’m sure this existed in all places.  But it was definitely present in East San Jose.  
 On the flip side.  It’s disappointing that Division I wrestling is no longer offered at San Jose State.  Those duals were such a treat for me as a kid.  That lost opportunity is unfortunate.
 8- You have been coaching 15 years at Oklahoma State, do you reckon the kids in the 80’s and 90’s were mentality tougher than today’s athletes?
 Oh… I wouldn’t say tougher.  Because people are tough, humans are tough.  We’ve made it this long, right?  I’m currently coaching several extremely mentally tough wrestlers.  Total studs.  But you’ve probably heard coaches talk about the changing generations.  So if there is a difference I’ve seen….it’s been, probably in their ability to cope.  Their coping skills.  You know, pre-2000, if you had a bad practice or outing, you only had a few coping options.  Talk to your coach, talk to your teammate or go home and take a good hard look in the mirror, go to bed and vow tomorrow would be better.  So while technology has brought us many good things, it just seems like with today’s tech advancements there are just so many more unhealthy ways for our student-athletes to cope.  Doesn’t mean they can’t win or achieve, just means as coaches there is more daily maintenance from a mental standpoint.  I’ll say this, our athletes that have developed good coping skills, have gone on to have great careers on and off the mat.
 9- In your 15 years of coaching what are some issues that you see holding a wrestler back?
 Hmmm.  Good question.  Probably the one that we as coaches have to guard against in our current culture is this generations need or feeling that they need constant entertainment.  Constant preoccupation just doesn’t leave time for solitude or reflection.   There has to be a certain sense of peace with yourself while training.  In order to have that peace, you have to allow time for quietness and reflection.   
10-Who was someone you truly looked up to when you were little — someone you believed to be a wise man in the wrestling world?
 My dad.  His parental influence was great.  It went well beyond wrestling. 
  11- What’s your philosophy in wrestling and your philosophical system as a coach as both are two different matters?
 Oh, as a wrestler.  I was in competition with myself when I felt at my best.  Just trying to be the best version of myself.  Nothing else mattered. Not what people thought, not critics.  I never read my own press. It didn’t matter to me.  In college,  I was very quiet and kept to myself.  Wrestlers at their best are students of the game, not fans.  But as far as a philosophy, there just has to be fulfillment in something other than winning.  Make no mistake winning is important.  But you can only win a State, NCAA or World Championship one weekend a year.  So what do you value the rest of the time?  Champions find fulfillment in getting up early, being consistent, punctual, being coachable, being responsible, accountable, dependable, and working hard simply because it’s the right thing to do.   These things endure.  We need to encourage our wrestlers to find fulfillment in these things.   Winning usually follows. 
 Coaching…I touched on that.   Helping them find fulfillment.  Fulfillment in the things that truly matter.   The notoriety and wins cease at some point if we don’t develop the whole person.  They can leave the sport feeling unfulfilled and unequipped to move forward. The only way to do that is to get your hands dirty and get involved in their lives.  Visit, talk, mentor.  Be there for them when they need you and even when they don’t think they need you.  Also, knowing when to back off and give them space to figure some things out on their own.  It’s not complicated, it’s just time spent.
12- I see your son wrestles, can you tell us a bit about your experience now being a D1 coach and a dad?               
 He does and our older daughter has played like every sport I can think of.  There’s great value in competitive sports and I enjoy watching them mature as people.  We’re fortunate to have great youth wrestling coaches here.  He’s in good hands.  It allows me to enjoy from the stands and just be a dad.  My conversations with both of them always seem’s to revolve around opportunity, sportsmanship, punctuality and making sure they know we are proud of their effort and how hard they both work.

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Life at the Guerrero home consists of family and friends, as well as the boys having to learn to catch fish without a fishing pole.

 

13-Often times a journalist will ask about a person’s greatest moment.  I’m more intrigued by overcoming setbacks.  In the spirit of educating the next generation, is there anything in 15 years of coaching you regret?
 Regret? (Sigh).  Yeah (long pause)…
I wouldn’t say regret, but there is one situation that I wish I could do over.   
Are you comfortable sharing your experience?
 Yeah, sure. Well, we had an underclassman All-American.  I was a young coach and just didn’t have the experience to work him through some of the personal things he was struggling with. Then again, some of it was simply just out of our control.  But the way it ended.  Even the way it all started.  He was talented. He was good.  I just don’t like how things panned out.  Maybe nothing could have changed.  Who knows, but for time he was here it could have been different.
14- What trajectory are you hoping to push yourself onto? Where do you want your career to head?
Someday… when it’s all said and done, I hope to have served to the best of my ability.  A lot of that stems from conversations I used to have with Coach Tommy Chesbro before he passed away.  I just want to be able to look back and say that I did things the right way.  That’s the path I strive for…
15- What’s the best advice you have ever received?
 Chase cashews, not peanuts.

Bill Mitchell To Take Over The Reigns At Tulare Union High School

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Aug 182015
 

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By Pablo Di Maria
Nowadays not too many high school programs get the opportunity to have a former college coach to supervise and handle the boys/girls wrestling team. Those that do, find out real fast the benefits of having the coach on campus. That’s precisely what Bill Mitchell will be looking forward on doing as he will take the challenge to bring back Tulare Union High wrestling to its glory days.
“As a coach on campus I will work to attract at least 20-30 non-fall sports athletes to help us with the growth of the program. Winning is more than just technique, it is a numbers game. I always remember talking with Charlie Sheretz, who is historically one of the most successful coaches to ever grace the mat in Missouri, he said, “Coach Mitchell is all in the ‘Rule of 7”. This means you need at least seven of your incoming freshman to stick it out for four years. If you can attract 30 freshmen and end with seven you will always be dominant. This was a lesson I learned in 2003 and has changed my coaching career,” Bill Mitchell said.
Tulare Union High, which competes in the tough Central Section and the East Yosemite League with great powers such as Porterville, Monache, Mission Oaks, Tulare Western and Delano, have always had great success during the regular season and in the CIF California state tournament. The last Tulare County wrestler to gain an individual state championship was Ben Martinez from Tulare Union in 1998 and 1999. Bill Mitchell wants to change the statistics and bring more individual state champions to Tulare County with the aid of his All-Star coaching staff.
“I feel we will have a staff that will meet the requirements to develop a solid program. Over my years in Missouri, I was a part of three very successful high school programs two of which hit the top 20 rated programs in America. During my tenure as an assistant coach, I have worked with a number of solid coaches who groomed me into the coach I am today. In 14 years of coaching in Missouri, I was on staff with programs that won three state titles and additional five final four finishes. This being said, I know what it’s going to take to turn this program around. As I have been saying “it’s going to be a Union Grind this year”. We must find talented athletes and bring in some very gifted coaches. With the help of three of my past Missouri wrestlers of Brandon Wilbourn (University of Nebraska), Terrel Wilbourn (NCAA finalist and two-time All-Americans) and Josh Bennett here to help me throughout our high school season and off season training I see a bright future. It is also great to have J.J. Holt one of California’s great young up and coming coaches in my corner.”
The weather change for Coach Mitchell will be something he will have to get used too. The weather in the metropolis of Los Gatos is about in the mid/late 80’s while in Tulare County the temperature can generate up to triple digits during the summer months. Nevertheless, the passion Bill Mitchell has for the sport of wrestling and his students will make him live anywhere in the country.
“Over the past three years I have been living and coaching in the Bay area. After two years at Los Gatos, I was offered an opportunity to work and live in the same community that Jaden Enriquez lived. Over the past two and a half years, I had the privilege to work with both Jaden and his father Zee on a number of training platforms. About a year ago, I was thinking of stepping back from the sport of wrestling. Through the motivation of Nic Aguilar, Jaden Enriquez, and the support of both the Enriquez and Aguilar families I made a decision to start searching for a position in the Central Valley.  This past spring I started looking at positions in the central valley for two main reasons first, to continue to train Jaden and to have the opportunity to work in one of America’s hot beds of wrestling. Although wrestling is my passion, it was a blessing to find two like-minded administrators in Diana Hatton (Athletic Director) and Michelle Nunely (Principal) who saw the passion I have for helping grow the sport of wrestling. Many coaches have asked me “why Tulare”, there is one simple answer, “because I found a home with coaches and athletes that not only are like-minded but also trust in the direction I will lead the team.” Over the next 3-5 years, we will design a solid action plan that will support the vision and mission of the Union Athletic Department. The challenge of bringing back a once dominant program inspires me to cast a plan that will instill the meaning of having a “heart of a redskin” back into the program.”